Sony wants LG phones out of U.S. market

Citing patent infringement, Sony has asked the International Trade Commission to ban the import of certain LG phones into the U.S.

LG's Lotus Elite, one of the phones Sony believes is infringing on its patents.
LG's Lotus Elite, one of the phones Sony believes is infringing on its patents. Josh P. Miller/CNET

Sony wasn't about to let 2010 expire without throwing another legal action into the mobile industry's growing lawsuit mess.

LG was the target of Sony's lawyers yesterday, who urged the International Trade Commission to prohibit LG from selling phones in the U.S. because those phones supposedly infringe on patents held by Sony, according to a report from Bloomberg. The portion of the ITC's Web site that was supposed to be hosting the complaint was down this afternoon, but Bloomberg reported that patent issues with LG's Lotus Elite, Neon, Remarq, Rumor 2, and Xenon phones were at issue.

Add that case to what is now a huge pile of legal papers alleging patent infringement in the mobile industry. Apple, Google, Motorola, HTC, Microsoft, Nokia, and others are involved in various legal actions over the technology inside modern smartphones, in what will probably take years to sort out.

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